Brazil led world in rainforest losses in 2018 despite decline from 2017: research group

FILE PHOTO: The Amazon rain forest (top), bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, in pictured in this aerial photo taken over Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, October 4, 2015. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil led the world in rainforest destruction last year, although deforestation in South America‚Äôs largest country fell by 70 percent compared to 2017, according to an independent forest monitoring network. Brazil lost 13,471 square kilometers (5,201 square miles) of rainforest in 2018, an area nearly the size of the U.S. state of […]

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